George Lucas Educational Foundation

Math

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in mathematics.

  • How to Promote Productive Discussion in Math

    A three-part protocol for collaboration in heterogeneous pairs pushes middle school students to a deeper understanding of math.
    Joseph Manfre
  • How to Encourage Independent Thinking in Math

    Breaking the habit of scaffolding her students’ learning, one teacher stepped back to provide them with space for productive struggle.
  • 3 Fun Activities for Strengthening Numeracy Skills

    These activities give middle and high school students a chance to play with numbers—and learn at the same time.
  • 2019 Education Research Highlights

    Does doodling boost learning? Do attendance awards work? Do boys and girls process math the same way? Here’s a look at the big questions that researchers tackled this year.
  • 60-Second Strategy: 3-Read Protocol

    Demystify math word problems with this simple technique that helps kids see the story beyond the numbers.
  • A Strategy for Boosting Student Engagement in Math

    A four-step approach to group work can get students talking and boost their mathematical and metacognitive thinking.
  • Learning Math by Seeing It as a Story

    An English teacher co-teaching trigonometry asked students to explain an equation to a child and to turn discrete problems into a story.
  • Bringing a Culturally Responsive Lens to Math Class

    A middle school math project gives students a chance to apply the skills they learn in class to an issue they care about.
  • 9 Strategies for Motivating Students in Mathematics

    Keep your high school math students engaged with these techniques.
    Alfred Posamentier
  • Maintaining Students’ Motivation for Learning as the Year Goes On

    Neuroscience can suggest ways to keep students working toward their learning goals after their initial excitement wears off.
  • How a Literacy-First Program Revived a School

    A Title I school in the Bronx is dramatically improving student outcomes—one book at a time.
  • Using Math Apps to Increase Understanding

    These 10 free or low-cost apps turn learning math into a game.
  • Game-Based Learning in Middle School Math

    Working with teachers, researchers created free online math games that encourage students to persist in grappling with difficult concepts.
  • A Case for Finger Counting

    New research suggests that young children may make gains in math by counting with their fingers.
  • Getting to the Heart of What Students Know in Math

    Challenging problems with several paths to the solution encourage students to develop their understanding of mathematical concepts.